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We are a NEW local Chapter.

Seminars, advocacy for the Hard of Hearing community, social events, support & volunteer opportunities

  • you are never alone in your hearing loss- 48 million people in U.S. have it
  • meet a new friend
  • learn technology for hearing loss

This HLAA Chapter wants to thank our President, Teresa Gonzalez, for all the work and planning she does throughout the year to bring information and support to people with hearing loss. This chapter is becoming a good advocate in our community for communication access. She is a driven volunteer strongly leading our Chapter, and for that, we all say THANK YOU Teresa!

Notice the NEW TABS top of webpage. Items are slowly migrating over.

Our mission is to open up the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing education, information, support and advocacy.

We believe sharing our hearing loss journeys through socialization, advocacy, information, and education is important for hearing health. Our organization is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization offering support to all ages who have hearing loss.

There are over 48 million people in the United States who have hearing loss. Today one in five people have hearing loss. The National Hearing Loss Association of America has existed for over 30 years helping people learn how to best cope. It used to be called the Self Help Hard of Hearing (SHHH) organization when it started. In addition, through our advocacy efforts, affiliates located in all 50 states we have made monumental changes in recent years through legislation and policy on behalf of those with hearing loss.

Come learn more about us and meet new friends who have hearing loss.

We also offer volunteer opportunities to serve the community. If you are interested, please contact us.

HLAA – Indianapolis Chapter Meetings for 2019

All meetings are on 1st Saturdays of the month.

Locations vary so look carefully at the schedule.

All meetings provide CART text displayed on large screen & StreamText LIVE to cell phone/computer (link below).

Time:10:45am to 12:15pm with social hour of 10:30am to 10:45am.

July 6 At Irvington Public Library,5625 East Washington St Indianapolis

Mentoring Session.

July 22? Social outing Mallow Run Winery :6964 W Whiteland Rd., Bargersville IN

Aug 3 At Irvington Public Library, 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis

Speaker: Mark Mays, the new HLAA Dayton President & motivational hearing loss speaker.

Sep 7 At Irvington Public Library, 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis

Sep 30 (Monday) SAVE THE DATE for a special evening presentation by the National HLAA Audiologists and Get In The Hearing Loop Campaign-National Advocate Dr. Juliette Sterkens to speak regarding hearing loops and hearing loss. Hosted by our Chapter. Location to be determined. This is one event you definitely don't want to miss! Looped Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Blvd East Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220(tentative)

Oct 5 At Irvington Public Library, 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis

Speaker/Presentation: Cochlear Implants, Meghan McKenna

Nov 2 Thanksgiving potluck & meeting. (Extended time 10:30am-2:30pm.)

Speaker: Lori Isaacs, Speech Pathologist

At new location:Glendale Branch, Public Library, 6101 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis (Located in Glendale Shopping Center, entrance next to Staples).

Dec 7 Christmas potluck & meeting. (Extended time 10:30am-2:30pm.)

At Irvington Public Library, 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis




Meeting Locations:

1.AccessAbility: 9105 East 56th St., Indianapolis IN 46216

2. Irvington Public Library: 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis 46219

3. Glendale Public Library:6101 N Keystone Ave Indianapolis 46220


Irvington Public Library

Glendale Public Library

Upcoming Speakers

Our Chapter is hosting a Special Speaker open to all interested parties, including local audiologists.

Sep 30 Juliette Sterkens -Save the Date!

Juliëtte Sterkens took a leave from her audiology practice to take on the position of Hearing Loop Advocate for HLAA, traveling across the country to meet with HLAA Chapters and audiologists about the importance of telecoils and how to get a hearing loop project started in their community.

We will have this meeting in a Looped Space for all to experience looping.

Free Seminars you are invited to attend in June.

Fifth Freedom Webinar

AUDIO Conference June 25th 2-3:30pm FREE

TOPIC:Effective Communication: What does that mean?

What does it mean to communicate effectively with someone who is Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind? This session will begin with a brief review of the requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Sign language interpreters, relay service, and captioning are only one piece of the puzzle when working toward effective communication - you are the other piece! The presenter will offer an insider's view on best practices and teamwork strategies to engage when striving for effective communication between hearing and Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind individuals. Case studies will be used to illustrate various approaches in achieving effective communication.

Cochlear Americas: Hearing Health Seminar - Indianapolis, IN

Join us for this free event where you will learn about hearing loss, hearing implant solutions and who may benefit from this technology. Meet other hearing implant system users, doctors and audiologists, and get answers to your questions. Learn how unlike hearing aids, hearing implants may be covered by your insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid. Rediscover the sounds, the people and the life you love.

June 26, 2019 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM ET

Courtyard by Marriott4650 Southport Crossing Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46237

Flyer for Downloading and Printing.pdf

Regular meetings are held with live captioning displayed on an overhead screen for members to follow.

Thank you to our Remote CART* provider, Susan Wollenweber Dezelan, who kindly does our meeting captions, gratis.

*CART stands for Communication Access Realtime Translation. CART is a service in which a certified CART provider listens to speech and instantaneously translates all the speech to text.

Our Newsletter is just one of the benefits of joining our Chapter.

Breaking News:

Telecoil Legislation (HB1113) was passed by the Indiana Senate and signed by Governor Holcomb May 2, 2019. It is now Legislative Act 1113.

HB 1113 requires first and second class cities in Indiana to consider the installation of audio frequency induction loop systems in new or remodeled public buildings to accommodate the use of telecoils in hearing aids. The law also requires Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dealers to provide oral and written information to consumers that explains telecoils and induction loop systems. It requires installation of the systems to meet ANSI standards so that the systems work as planned.

The hard work and efforts of the Indiana Committee for Communication Access, which has 3 members from our Chapter, is instrumental in this landmark achievement and will help all Indiana citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Our meetings are a place where you can feel comfortable with others who have hearing loss too.

You are never alone!

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Hearing Aid Donation Center.pdf

Donate your old hearing aid when you attend our chapter meetings. We are a donation center for hearing Charities of America. All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a letter of acknowledgement.

1st Birthday Celebration

Thank You For Your Support.

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Full Service Captioning and CART Services

· Remote or On-site

· One-on-One or Group Meetings

· Seminars, Webinars, Conferences

· Sports Stadium Captioning

39 Years’ Experience in the Field


Susan Wollenweber Dezelan, RDR, CRR, CRC


Thank you Susan Dezelan and to Caption First's Kathy Cortopassi, for being our Remote CART providers. We are most grateful for the donation of your time and skill.